why quality matters
Purchasing bedding of the highest quality your budget will allow is a choice you'll never regret making.
Poorly made blankets are more likely to pill and need to be replaced more often.
Whether you prefer the breath-ability of 100% cotton blankets, the warmth of wool or the durability of synthetics, investing in the best made piece is the priority.
Many consumers are unsure how the different manufacturing styles effect the quality of the product.
The truth is that no style is inherently superior to another, it all depends on the user's needs.
Understanding the construction of a blanket is key if you want to compare quality.
A quilted blanket traditionally has three layers, a front, a back and a center layer of batting.
Cotton batting is warmer but heavier than synthetic, and it's considered the superior material.
In addition to side seams that hold the blanket together, the three pieces are adorned with decorative stitches (quilted).
Quilts are valued for their warmth, weight and decorative appeal.
Knitted blankets are light because the process of knitting leaves holes in between the threads of yarn.
Knitted blankets are most commonly used for throws, but they're also excellent for travel blankets.
Their light weight makes them easy to carry in a travel bag.
Woven blankets are the most common style.
The process of mechanized weaving allows for a variety of materials, weights and textures.
For example, our Private Essential Cotton Blanket sports an attractive "waffle weave" stripe that makes the blanket look as good as it feels.
Before you make the final decision there's still one thing to consider: How do you want to clean your blanket?
Special bedding pieces are worth the inconvenience of hand-washing or dry-cleaning.
But for day-to-day use, look for blankets that are washer- and dryer-safe.